My first puzzle FTF

Tuesday night was not out of the ordinary, until I got an email that a new cache had been published. It was a new puzzle cache by JAKSolantern featuring the band Social Distortion. I had done a similar puzzle of his before so I knew exactly how it worked. I opened up my trusty friend Google and got to work. I had the answers within a few minutes and the geochecker confirmed my solution, but another cacher had solved it before me. The cache was over 20 minutes from my house and it was already dark out but I decided to go anyway.

After making a few wrong turns and navigating to the posted coordinates instead of the actual ones, I pulled into the area where the cache was. I didn’t see any other cars around; was I the first one here? Fearing that neighbors or police would see me I turned off my headlights and fumbled to GZ in the dark. I turned on my flashlight and there it was, the cache! I opened it anxiously and the log was blank! I was first to find! I signed in quickly and headed back to my car before anyone knew I was there.

This was my first ever FTF on a puzzle cache. Thanks to JAKSolantern for putting out this fun puzzle. Check it out at


Halloween Weekend Geocaching

On Saturday, McDoogins, Rogue and I met up with JAKSolantern for some geocaching in Genesee Valley Park. He had previously found some caches in the park but we did end up finding a few that he hadn’t found, including an earthcache, “What is this Rock?” (GC5TDBK). This focus of the earthcache was a large piece of Lockport Dolomite that workers had to clear through to build the nearby Erie Canal. The earthcache required that we determine what type of sedimentary rock this one was based on three that were described on the cache page. Our group also found a cache that had previously stumped us all.

Today I attended a local breakfast event. It was good to see familiar faces and meet some new cachers in the area. I had also heard about a cache that was posted yesterday. McDoogins and I went to check it out. “Tazutopia #3: Trick or Treat?, (GX6641H). It was perfect for this time of year. I could tell that a lot of time and effort went into this cache and its setup.

Before we went home, we stopped at a parking area that had a very scenic view and a cache!

JAKSolantern’s 1000th Find

Yesterday, October 24th I tagged along with one my geobuddies JAKSolantern as he set out to find his 1000th geocache find. The first stop of the day was allowing him to find his Golden Ammo Can that a group consisting of myself, geo.elisha and SpadeNya (JAKSolantern’s song) had hidden in his honor. The cache was a 2 stage multi featuring JAKSolantern’s favorite animal the owl. The first stage was hidden in a fake owl that we allowed him to take home with him and put to good use (hopefully as a geocache). He made quick work of the find and was happily awarded with a bunch owl themed swag and a 1000 Finds geo-achievement coin.

JAKSolantern and his Golden Ammo Can

After that, our group made their way from Rochester to Buffalo to find a very elusive traveling cache that just happened to be in the Buffalo area. We met up with Tucci’s Team who was currently in possession of “Fly… MARS ROVER Traveling Cache” (GCC6B). We spent some time chatting with Tucci’s Team before heading to Chestnut Ridge Park for our main find of the day.

Fly…Mars Rover Traveling Cache

JAKSolantern selected an earthcache “Eternal Flame Fall Earthcache” to be his 1000th find. The eternal flame is a natural phenomenon where methane gas is escaping from a small grotto in the rock and will produce a continuous flame when lit. A small waterfall cascades over the flame and makes for a spectacular view.

We finished off our caching day with some great pizza and wings. A great way to end a tiring but fantastic adventure.